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ALLEN CONTINUES TO STRESS THAT TIME IS SHORT FOR 'HAWKS DEAL
Published April 17, 1997
Paul Allen "warned" WA lawmakers in a letter that they "have just one shot -- the current session -- to approve a June vote on his plan to replace the Kingdome" with a $425M stadium and exhibition hall, according to Ed Penhale of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. WA Gov. Gary Locke supported Allen by adding there "would be no special session on the legislation." The POST-INTELLIGENCER's Penhale notes the stadium funding bill is "near death" in the House because of the proposed 2.5% tax on sports-licensed merchandise and some Members have called on Allen to contribute more to the stadium proposal than the $100M he has offered. WA State Rep. Paul Zellinksy had asked Allen to "make another run at the stadium next year," but Allen responded that if the current proposal fails in the House, he will not exercise his option to buy the team. Allen: "As to why I just don't pay for everything, I was asked to be a partner in this endeavor, not the only partner. We are convinced that fans want to be a part of the solution. If they don't, they will tell us at the polls" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/17).